Leading up to the Green Bay vs. Chicago kickoff game at Soldier Field on Thursday, the NFL will host a series of community and service events to celebrate the start of the league's 100th season.
The NFL will host its third national huddle, Huddle Up to Play it Forward. The event is part of the NFL’s Huddle for 100 campaign, the league's season-long initiative to get 1 million people to donate 100 minutes of their time by Super Bowl LIV.
Volunteers will join NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Pro Football Hall of Fame members Orlando Pace and John Randle, and NFL Legends Marty Moore and Leonard Wheeler for a Douglas Park clean-up event. Campbell’s Soup, Dairy Management Inc. and Pizza Hut will donate food to volunteers and Campbell’s will provide a chance for two volunteers to win pairs of Bears' tickets through a raffle.
Also, under the Huddle Up to Play it Forward umbrella, members of Boys and Girls Clubs throughout Chicago will participate Wednesday in after-school activities that promote healthy eating and exercise habits and creating a cleaner environment. The activity will walk volunteers through the process of decorating a recycling bin as a reminder to recycle. NFL Network Good Morning Football host Kay Adams will join participants.
Additionally, the NFL will host an NFL Play 60 Character Camp led by Pro Football Hall of Fame Tackle Anthony Muñoz.
The NFL will host a speed mentoring event for participants of the BBF Family Service mentor program as part of the Inspire Change initiative. Representatives from the NFL, Roc Nation and local civic leaders will engage with 65 youth, ages 13-19, to provide them with an opportunity to ask questions of and learn from professionals. The speed mentoring session will allow participants to consider career paths and expose them to different ways of thinking about their future. Last week, it was announced that artists Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor and Rapsody are the first Inspire Change advocates of the 2019 NFL Season. Rapsody will attend the speed mentoring session.
On game day, the Bears and the NFL will host the Clean and Green Tailgate, where fans tailgating in various Soldier Field parking lots will be encouraged to help keep the tailgate areas clean by recycling and disposing of their trash. Volunteers, along with members of Soldier Field's Eastlake cleaning service, will be walking around the parking lots with branded Huddle for 100 garbage bags, encouraging fans to leave their spots litter-free.